Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Miami, FL

Since its beginning in 1950, The Miami Science Museum and Planetarium has grown to become a landmark institution providing South Florida with the latest in science and technology through its interactive exhibits, educational programs, planetarium programming, wildlife center, youth programs and outreach to the community. Over the years the museum has continually expanded its outreach and membership and as a result, has outgrown its current space. A new $275,000,000 museum is being planned on the Miami Waterfront.

It is the museum's desire to replace their antiquated facilities with a building that will serve as a living exhibit. It will provide a natural environment for the gulfstream wildlife and be constructed to seamlessly integrate the indoor and outdoor museum spaces. The museum is also focused on creating as little impact to the existing environment as possible.

In order to create the most energy efficient building possible, Syska engineers are using CFD modeling, recommending fenestration to promote cross-breeze through the outdoor spaces, performing energy modeling, reviewing the use of heat from the CHP to produce chilled water, exploring the use of desiccant energy recovery wheels for HVAC and studying on-site cogeneration among many other strategies. Due to the high humidity climate of South Florida, engineers are evaluating the benefits of displacement ventilation and are also studying the use of spare heat from the CHP to control humidity levels.

The Aquatic Life Support Team will provide life support designs for more than 714,000 gallons of aquarium exhibits. The team will employ sustainable strategies such as the use of alternative piping materials, the use of sea water from Biscayne Bay for salt water exhibits and provide natural environments for the mangroves exhibit by designing simulated tidal action. They will also create underwater patterns to promote growth within the live coral exhibit.

  • Rendering courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.
  • Rendering courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.


180,000 sf